Black History Month Essay Contest
Each February, the City of Ocoee formally recognizes Black History Month. The city's Human Relations Diversity Board holds an essay contest for Ocoee schools. A special ceremony is held at city hall to announce the winners of the student essay contest. Viewers may also tune in to Ocoee TV Channel 493 to watch programming highlighting African-American achievement. 2014 Black History Month Essay Winners
Memorial Day at Bill Breeze Park
This event, held at the gazebo along beautiful Starke Lake, provides an opportunity for members of our community to honor all those who have served their country and given their lives for our freedom.
This is also held at the gazebo along the shores of Starke Lake and provides an opportunity for the members of our community to offer thanks to all veterans who have served this country. Interesting guest speakers headline the event who speak of their experiences and the veterans' contributions to our nation. Refreshments for those attending the ceremony follows the event.
The Christmas Dinner for Families in Need, is an opportunity for employees to serve a catered Christmas Dinner to some of the less fortunate people here in Ocoee and Winter Garden. City employees volunteer to set up, serve the food, hand out toys, play Santa, and take photos. The event is always a wonderful and giving tribute to the spirit of the season. Staff obtains numerous donations and toys from local businesses to bring smiles to children's faces.